Exorcising Hitler by Frederick Taylor
The Occupation and Denazification of Germany

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The collapse of the Third Reich in 1945 was an event nearly
unprecedented in history. Only the fall of the Roman Empire fifteen
hundred years earlier compares to the destruction visited on Germany.
The country's cities lay in ruins, its economic base devastated. The
German people stood at the brink of starvation, millions of them still
in POW camps. This was the starting point as the Allies set out to build
a humane, democratic nation on the ruins of the vanquished Nazi
state-arguably the most monstrous regime the world has ever seen.

In Exorcising Hitler,
master historian Frederick Taylor tells the story of Germany's Year
Zero and what came next. He describes the bitter endgame of war, the
murderous Nazi resistance, the vast displacement of people in Central
and Eastern Europe, and the nascent cold war struggle between Soviet and
Western occupiers. The occupation was a tale of rivalries, cynical
realpolitik, and blunders, but also of heroism, ingenuity, and
determination-not least that of the German people, who shook off the
nightmare of Nazism and rebuilt their battered country.

Weaving together accounts of occupiers and Germans, high and low alike Exorcising Hitler

is a tour de force of both scholarship and storytelling, the first
comprehensive account of this critical episode in modern history.

 

About Frederick Taylor

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Frederick Taylor studied history and modern languages at Oxford and did postgraduate work at Sussex University. He edited and translated the The Goebbels Diaries,and is the author of the bestsellers Dresden and The Berlin Wall.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by Bloomsbury Press. 480 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Eisenhower had declared in 1945 that Americans came “not as liberators but as conquerors,” emphasizing the shared German guilt, yet in a 1995 poll more than half the German population still held to the notion that VE-Day was “a day of liberation.” Taylor carefully weighs the evidence on both side...

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The New York Times

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Delicate subjects like the Allied treatment of German P.O.W.’s in 1945 — in camps whose mortality rates were for a time extremely high — were scarcely mentioned in polite company for much of the cold war.

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For more than half a century, the rise of modern Germany as an exemplary liberal democracy, as an economic power, as an exporter of decent European values and superb motor cars, has been an object lesson in how a violent pariah state can cleanse itself.

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Publishers Weekly

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Starting with the apocalyptic close of WWII in Germany, its cities bombed to rubble and its population subjected to mass rape and other atrocities—tongues were nailed to tables—by the Red Army, British historian Taylor (The Berlin Wall) surveys the occupation policies of the Allied victors.

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New York Journal of Books

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Although the indictment charged Goering with war crimes, it did not mention unlawful aerial bombardment, and the prosecution made no effort whatever to build a case for war crimes against the former head of the German air force in connection with attack from the air.

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New York Journal of Books

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Although the indictment charged Goering with war crimes, it did not mention unlawful aerial bombardment, and the prosecution made no effort whatever to build a case for war crimes against the former head of the German air force in connection with attack from the air.

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Los Angeles Times

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Author Frederick Taylor details the trouble the Allied forces had in establishing a new society in the Nazis' country after World War II.

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Open Letters Monthly

“In what was to follow, it was ugly beyond belief.” American forbearance ended up restraining Russian vengeance, and even though in 1951 only 5 per cent of polled Germans admitted feeling any guilt about the fate of the European Jews during the Nazi years, the steady efforts of generals and dipl...

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The pragmatists, led by US secretary for war Henry L Stimson and the general who became military governor of the American Zone of Occupation, Lucius Clay, believed that Germany’s 70 million population should be enabled to restore its economy and thereby to feed itself once again.

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IN THE end, Hitler's Thousand-Year Reich lasted all but 12 years.

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